Originally published in 2001, this edition, reprinted with some corrections
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-423) and index
1. 'Caithreim Sheamais' agus 'Seamas an Chaca': Irish Jacobitism, 1684-90 -- 2. 'An Longbhriseadh': the Shipwreck, 1692-1702 -- 3. 'Seamas an Tagarach' agus 'na leoin tar tuinn': Irish Jacobitism, 1702-16 -- 4. 'Seamas Mac Sheamais is an Diuc thar lear': Irish Jacobitism after the 'Fifteen' -- 5. 'Agus briseadh go deo ar Sheamas'? Jacobitism in the doldrums, 1725-39 -- 6. 'Searlas in Alba ag gearradh na meirleach': Ireland and the 'Forty-five' -- 7. "S gan oidhre Ri Seamas i mBreatain 'na dheidh': the Jacobite twilight, 1752-66
"Jacobitism was the ascendant political ideology in Irish Catholic society between the Battle of the Boyne and the outbreak of the French Revolution. This book offers the first analytic study of Irish Jacobitism in English, spanning the period between the succession of James II (1685) and the death of his son 'James III', 'the Old Pretender', in 1766. Two crucial features are the analysis of Irish Jacobite poetry in its wider 'British' and European contexts and the inclusion of the Irish diaspora as a pivotal part of the Irish political 'nation'. Both Jacobites and anti-Jacobites were obsessed with the vicissitudes of eighteenth-century European politics, and the fluctuating fortunes of the Stuarts in international diplomacy. European high politics, invasion rumours and recruitment for the Irish Brigades in France and Spain provide the dominant themes in the poems, letters pamphlets and memoirs of Irish political commentators, at home and abroad."
"A close study of early eighteenth-century Irish politics questions both the 'shipwreck' of the Irish Catholic polity and the unassailed march of the Protestant 'nation'. Irish Protestant unease during successive Jacobite invasion scares and the imposition and maintenance of the penal laws show that they did not underestimate the potential of the Irish Jacobite challenge."--Jacket